Sunday, 25 July 2010

Money motivation

Yes, it's been a while. I just can't seem to get myself into the whole weight loss thing, I know once I can get started, things will be fine, it's just the starting that is taking a while. I have been thinking about getting an Apple iPod Touch. This little gadget is a music player, it's also a mini computer. I have been thinking about getting one, but it's hard to justify the cost (about 1/5 of a laptop's price) given what it offers.

As I was buying an ice cream after going to the gym (yes, I see a problem here), I decided that I could do things - stop myself spending money on things that won't help me lose weight, as well as buy the iPod Touch.

So the idea is simple - I have a budget for food, and any money that I don't spend on food can go towards the iPod Touch. As well as that, I have a Microsoft Xbox 360 game console. It's 4 years old, quite old as consoles go, and in need of replacement, especially given that it was designed with a fault that increased the chance dramatically of it failing. I'm planning to sell it next week, and put the money towards a replacement which will hopefully last me until the `360s successor comes out. I'll go without one for about 6 months, and buy the replacement just before Christmas, when prices are likely to be lower.

So the idea is simple: I'm allowed $15 per week on food, apart from veges, healthy fats and protein sources. I can spend it on food, or bank it to go towards those items. Also, since I do have trouble getting to the gym, for every day that I get to the gym, $2 is added to the fund. For every day that I don't get to the gym, $2 is taken away. Some days I simply won't be able to go to the gym because of work commitments, but I still have to take off the money in that case. If I go every day that I can manage, I'll still save money, so that's not a big issue.

This motivation starts today.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Lowest weight in over 2 years

I have pleasure in announcing that my weight loss has started again, and things are going well. I've got that excitement feeling, where I can actually imagine myself finishing what feels like the worlds longest diet (about 11 years). I have stopped my motivation system, the reason why I knew that I'd finish this diet, so I know I'm living on borrowed time until I lose track and stop losing again. I plan to restart the whole motivation system in the next week. Current weight: 86kg.

Friday, 9 July 2010

6 months wasted

You might remember mid January that I got sick of being on a low carb diet, and went high carb. Who would have thought that the result of me deciding on that fateful day would be six months of wasted time? I'm back to where I was mid January, I've been on and off the diet since then, and I've just lost lots of motivation over these 6 months.

That's all changed now, I'm back on the low carb diet, and losing as usual. I'm also still at the gym.